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Upset Over Probe in Son’s Death, Muslim Family Embraces Hinduism

The Muslim family in UP was allegedly upset that their son’s death was being probed as a suicide and not murder.

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Akhtar, resident of Badarkha village under Chhaprauli police station area, switched over to Hinduism on Monday, 1 October, along with family members and subsequently submitted an affidavit to the area sub-divisional magistrate, testifying to their voluntary change of religion, officials said.

According to officials in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat, upset over police treating his son's 'unnatural death' as suicide rather than a murder, he embraced Hinduism along with 12 of his family members. Akhtar later told reporters that he felt the religion change might spur police to “properly investigate his son’s murder”.

Mera naam Akhtar Ali tha, ab Dharam Singh ho gya. Wajah ye thi ki humari kisi thaane me, kisi Tehsil me kahin sunwai nahi hui. (My name was Akhtar Ali and now it’s Dharam Singh. The reason was that our case was not heard anywhere, not in police station, not in Tehsil.)
Akhtar Ali, (now Dharam Singh) told ANI

“We were verbally abused in the police station. Inspector Dharmendar Singh and Anoop Singh used to verbally abuse us. They tore the original FIR we had filed and made another according to their will on which they took our signature.” Dharam said.

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He also said that the Muslim community did not step up for his son’s case even after he asked everyone for help.

I gathered people from Muslim community for help, but nobody helped said anything. I just want justice.
Dharam Singh (earlier Akhtar) told ANI

Baghpat District Magistrate Rishirendra Kumar confirmed the incident and said the family members changed their religion as they were not satisfied with the police probe into the death of Akhtar's son a few months ago.

The family changed their religion amid requisite religious rituals, including a 'hawan', said Yuva Hindu Vahini (Bharat) state chief Shaukendra Khokhar on Tuesday, 2 October.

Khokhar said Akhtar was upset after his son Gulhasan was "murdered". Akhtar now demands a postmortem and fair investigation into his son’s case.

“Gulhasan’s body, however, was hung to make it appear a suicide.”
Yuva Hindu Vahini (Bharat) state chief Shaukendra Khokhar

Despite repeated assertions by the youth's family that he was murdered, the police concluded it to be a case of suicide, he said.

Khokhar said Akhtar’s family sought help from the members of their own community but they were “not very forthcoming and did not help them much”.

This prompted Akhtar and his family members to change their religion, he added.

The family members wrapped saffron robes around their shoulders and chanted “Jai Shri Ram”, he said. They also got their names changed and a ‘hawan’ and recitation of Hanuman Chalisa too was held at the Badarkha village on Tuesday, 2 October, Khokhar added.

The members of Akhtar's family, who switched over to Hinduism include Nafisa, Zakir, Dilshad, Naushad, Irshad, and others, he said.

When contacted, Baghpat District Magistrate Kumar said some people in Baraut tehsil voluntarily changed their religion and submitted affidavits.

These people were not satisfied with the probe into the death of one of their family members. The matter is being examined in consultation with the superintendent of police.
Baghpat District Magistrate Kumar

SP Shailesh Kumar Pandey said he received information about some members of the Muslim community changing their religion. "The matter is being looked into," he said.

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